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Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

Chief David Crowchild
Chief David Crowchild

Each year this award is presented to honour the efforts and contributions of a person, group or organization both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal who have:

  • Created bridges of understanding through cross cultural experiences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures within the City of Calgary
  • Created within Canadian society an understanding of the uniqueness and value of Aboriginal culture
  • Encouraged or supported Aboriginal people in the areas of education, employment and training


Complete the application form to nominate a person, group or organization for the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award.

Recipients of the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

2016 Winner of Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award: Shawna Cunningham. An educator with a focus on Aboriginal student success and empowerment, she is currently the director of the Native Centre at the University of Calgary. As director, Shawna expanded the centre from a place for gathering to a robust hub that offers programming and creates awareness for the greater university community. Learn more about her work on Calgary City News.

2016: Shawna Cunningham
2015: USAY/UofC; Uncovering Colonial Legacies
2014: Cindy Provost
2013: Carol Mason
2012: Leonard Bastien
2011: Mike Lickers
2010: Sandra Crazy Bull
2009: Vinnia Van Over Dyke
2008: Gloria Skinner
2007: Audrey Weasel Traveller
2006: Al Duerr
2005: Major Ed Boucher, (Retired)
2004: Ghost River Rediscovery
2002: Mr. Geoff Burtonshaw
2001: Mr. Pablo Russell, Mr. Michael Robinson
2000: Mr. Harry Huish
1999: Rev. Margaret Waterchief, Mr. Casey Eagle Speaker
1998: Mrs. Annie Bare Shin Bone
1997: Mr. Art Cunningham
1996: Ms. Joan Ryan
1995: Mr. Tom Jackson
1994: Mr. George Calliou
1993: Aboriginal Opportunities Committee - Chamber of Commerce
1992: Mr. Ronald Vivier
1991: Ms. Doreen Spence
1990: Mr. Harold Millican
1989: Calgary Indian Friendship Centre
1988: Mr. Hart A. Cantelon
1987: Mr. Nelson Gutnick
1986: Ms. Pauline Gladstone-Dempsey